National GMO labeling legislation has officially made it to the nation’s capitol.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) today introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act.
“Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families,” Boxer said in a press release. “This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree that consumers deserve more – not less – information about the food they buy.”
DeFazio, also by release, said, “When American families purchase food, they deserve to know if that food was genetically engineered in a laboratory. This legislation is supported by consumer’s rights advocates, family farms, environmental organizations, and businesses, and it allows consumers to make an informed choice.”
The legislation would require labels for genetically engineered whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood, according to its sponsors, and would direct the FDA to write new labeling standards that are consistent with U.S. labeling standards and international standards.